In only the eighth game of his career, the Vikings' Peterson gashed the Chargers for a league-record 296 yards on 30 carries in a 35-17 victory in the Metrodome. He ran for 253 in the second half, as Minnesota rallied from a 14-7 deficit. He had scoring runs of 1, 64 and 46 yards.
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One day after his father died of a heart attack, Favre turned in arguably the most memorable performance of his iconic career. In a prime-time, nationally televised game in Oakland, he completed 22-of-30 passes for 399 yards and four touchdowns in Green Bay's 41-7 rout of the Raiders. Favre, who battled his emotions afterward, finished three yards shy of his career high and dealt Oakland its worst defeat in eight years.
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In Jerry Rice's final home game as a Niner, Owens stole the show. He broke a 50-year-old league record with 20 catches (for 283 yards) in a 17-0 victory against the Bears.
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Warner punctuated his improbable rise in his first year as a starting quarterback by throwing for a championship-game record 414 yards in Super Bowl XXXIV. His 73-yard strike to Isaac Bruce with 1:54 left provided the winning margin in the Rams' 23-16 win against the Titans.
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Fitzgerald had at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown in all four of Arizona's playoff games, including 127 yards and two touchdowns in the Super Bowl loss to Pittsburgh. He set single-postseason records for catches (30), receiving yards (546) and receiving touchdowns (seven).
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Alexander set an NFL record with five first-half touchdowns (four rushing and one receiving) in the Seahawks' 48-23 victory against the Vikings. Interestingly, Seattle had failed to rush for a score in any of its first three games.
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The Ravens' record-setting defense was on full display in Super Bowl XXXV. Led by Super Bowl MVP Ray Lewis, Baltimore forced five turnovers and limited the Giants to 152 yards in a 34-7 rout. Kerry Collins threw four interceptions and the Giants failed to advance beyond Baltimore's 29-yard line, scoring only on Ron Dixon's 97-yard kick return.
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Operating flawlessly in snowy Foxboro, Mass., Brady burned Tennessee for an NFL-record five touchdown passes in the second quarter as New England built the biggest halftime lead (45-0) in league history. The quarterback finished 29-of-34 for 380 yards and a career-high-tying six touchdowns in a 59-0 rout.
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McNabb broke his right ankle on the third play of a game against the Cardinals yet hobbled his way to a career-high four touchdown passes in the Eagles' 38-14 victory. He finished 20-of-25 for 255 yards and did not have a rushing attempt for the first time in his career. McNabb would then miss the rest of the regular season with the injury.
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Tomlinson had running, receiving and passing touchdowns in San Diego's 27-14 win at Oakland, the first player to accomplish the trifecta since New England's David Patten in 2001. L.T. also tied an NFL record with a touchdown in his 18th consecutive game.
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The Tennessee kicker converted a record eight field goals to help the Titans edge the Texans 38-36. He was good from 52, 25, 21, 30, 28, 43, 29 and 29 yards. The last was the game-winner as time expired.
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In the season opener, the Jets' Morton ran back two kick returns for a touchdown, including a 96-yarder in overtime to lift New York past Buffalo 37-31. Morton became the second player to return an OT kickoff for a score and the first player with kick-return touchdowns in both regulation and the extra period.
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With regular-season co-MVP Manning throwing for touchdowns on the first four possessions, Indianapolis dominated Denver 41-10 in an AFC wild-card game. Manning finished 22-of-26 for 377 yards and five touchdowns, becoming the fourth QB to record a perfect passer rating of 158.3 in a playoff game. And he nearly did it again the following week, going 22-for-30 for 304 yards and three TDs in a 38-31 win at Kansas City.
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Ted Ginn Jr.
Benched as a starting receiver, Ginn responded on special teams by scoring on 100- and 101-yard kickoff returns in the third quarter of Miami's 30-25 victory against the Jets. Ginn became the first player with two kickoff-return touchdowns of 100 yards or more in the same game. Because of Ginn, the Dolphins won despite managing only 104 yards of offense.
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In a Monday Night Football showdown with Tom Brady and the Patriots, Brees completed 18-of-23 for 371 yards and five touchdowns (to five receivers) while racking up a perfect passer rating as New Orleans improved to 11-0 with a 38-17 victory.
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Umenyiora collected six of the Giants' record-tying 12 sacks in a 16-3 home victory against Donovan McNabb and the Eagles. ''It was like a video game out there,'' said Umenyiora, who finished one sack short of Derrick Thomas' NFL record.
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The single-game rushing record changed hands a few times this decade. Before Adrian Peterson established the current record of 296 yards in 2007, the Ravens' Lewis ran for one fewer yard in a 33-13 victory against the Browns to surpass Corey Dillon's mark of 278 set on Oct. 22, 2000. Lewis carried 30 times and had touchdown runs of 82 and 63 yards.
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Trailing by four against an Arizona team that was 5-0 on the road, Young led the host Titans on an 18-play, 99 yard touchdown march in the final 2:37 for a 20-17 victory. He converted on three fourth downs during the drive, the last on the game's final play, a 10-yard strike to rookie wide receiver Kenny Britt. Young accounted for every yard on the drive, throwing for 94 and running for six (he was sacked for a 1-yard loss). He finished with a career-high 387 passing yards.
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Of the six interceptions Peyton Manning threw in a 23-21 loss to the Chargers, three were by cornerback Cromartie, whose leaping one-handed grab is pictured over the entrance to the team's training facility. To put the feat into perspective: It was the first time since 2002 that Manning threw three or more picks in a game. A week earlier, he had set an NFL record with a 109-yard return off a missed field goal against Minnesota.
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The Lions' special teamer returned two punts for touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone against Jacksonville, the second of which was an 83-yarder and tied the game with 46 seconds left. The Jaguars, however, won it in overtime 23-17.
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